Ceylon 1913 25 cents

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Stack's Bowers 2020 NYINC sale, part of lot 20203
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This specimen was lot 20203 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $3,360. The catalog description[1] noted, "CEYLON. Specimen Set (3 Pieces), 1913. All PCGS Gold Shield Certified. 1) 50 Cents. SP-64. 2) 25 Cents. SP-64. 3) 10 Cents. SP-64. Stored together, each coin is well-matched with mostly white centers and edges that show light mauve to copper-orange color. Somewhat of an enigma, this set was clearly specially produced, yet the finish is highly unusual, falling somewhere in between a matte appearance and that of a reflective Proof. Due to existence of reflective Proofs of the date, Baldwin's openly questioned the reasoning for this so-called matte striking in their offering of the only other example of the 50 Cent denomination that we're aware of (Sale 86 - 5/2014, Lot 355). What seems indisputable is that these issues are VERY RARE. As such, undoubtedly worthy of an advanced collection and additional collector research." This type of 1911-17 was 0.800 fine silver. The subsequent type of 1919-28 was only 0.550 fine silver. Ceylon attained its independence in 1948 after the British left India and is now known as Sri Lanka.

Recorded mintage: 1,200,000 + proofs.

Specification: 2.92 g, .800 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-105; Prid-139A.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.

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